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dyspersion says

Finishing the theme! I don’t know when it’s time to stop adding functionalities to my theme! :) I’m working on my first theme since 7 months ago but I can’t submit it yet

Haha – I know this well! I’ve been developing software since the 80s, and the first (and most valuable) lesson I ever learned was the reason for version numbers. It’s impossible to get everything into version 1.0. You have to cut yourself off somewhere.

I tend to want to develop things by feeling. That is, “I’ll know when it’s right.” But, that never works. Make a feature list for v1.0 and a feature list for v2.0, but do it before you even begin work on v1.0. That’ll save you. ;)

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dyspersion says

It’s possible Twitter is having problems.

What error message are you getting back from your API calls?

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dyspersion says

@dyspersion

Thanks for your response.

You mean that the buyer will get product key from envato after purchasing a theme, right?

What is the private support? Is it like a support forum which the buyer must have product key so he can access and get supports from the theme creator?

Sorry I’m a newbie and may ask some nonsense questions.

Yes, they get the key after purchase.

Private support is what most authors provide on their own websites. You have to register on their site with your product key in order to get access.

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dyspersion says

Yes, that’s mostly correct—you pay for the theme, and then you have a “download” area where you can click a link to download the theme in a .zip file.

Licensing of themes on TF is a hot issue at them moment as Envato recently allowed authors to release themes under “100% GPL” as well as the standard mixed license where design elements and Javascript are protected, but (most) php code is not. Because of the license for WordPress, any code which references a WP API function cannot be considered protected, but other code that doesn’t reference WP can be protected under license. (I’m not a lawyer, this is my interpretation of the WP license).

But, licenses don’t keep people from “repurposing” your code. Mostly, this seems to be an acceptable practice as I’ve seen several themes with the same code in them. The community pretty much polices themselves and vigorously defends designs, though. If someone rips off a theme, Envato will usually take the offending theme down. Or if it’s selling on another theme site, usually those companies will take the offending themes down, too. Or, you can do DMCA takedown notices for copyright violations.

I don’t work for Envato, and I’m not an authority on the subject. These are just my own understandings from observations over the years. I could be wrong. ;)

Don’t let any of this discourage you, though. There is risk in everything. But, there are also several authors making very nice livings selling themes on ThemeForest. And it’s a great community of people who are all very supportive. Nothing great comes without risk.

Hope that helps! Scott

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dyspersion says

You can find deals for full-on dedicated servers for cheaper, if you look. And you get a full server to yourself, no virtual/shared issues to deal with. ;)

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dyspersion says

Don’t go for all the wp_enqueu_script lines. Just give it in with the parameters as in my example. It’s the cleanest way.

Those are details he can worry about later, after he gets it working. For now, I think simpler is better. ;)

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dyspersion says

I’m not aware of anything Envato does to curb torrenting directly.

The recommendation is as ChapterThemes said, don’t worry about it. Don’t let it get to you. These are usually just people who are hoarding themes just to have them and usually don’t use them anyway.

Having said that, if you still want to do something, then I would suggest making sure your clients know that the only official place to get your themes is on ThemeForest, or on your site, or wherever you want. Warn them that downloading from torrent sites usually comes with viruses or malware. A lot of themes have been altered before they get turned into torrents, and the only way to know you’re not getting malware is to pay for the theme through legitimate, legal channels.

Also, this is another reason why theme authors provide private support on their own sites. This is something that you need a “product key” from Envato in order to access. You only get a product key when you purchase the theme. No key, no support.

Good luck!

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dyspersion says

You’ll need a few things to make this WP “compatible.”

First, make sure you’re enqueueing all the jquery scripts:

    wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery' );
    wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery-ui-core' );
    wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery-ui-widget' );
    wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery-ui-mouse' );
    wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery-ui-slider' );

Next, the beginning of your script block needs to change from window.onload, etc. to this:

    <script>
    jQuery(document).ready(function($) {

Then, you’ll also need to change the end of the script block to match the new beginning:

        //init scrollbar size
        setTimeout( sizeScrollbar, 10 );//safari wants a timeout
    });
    </script>

It’s just that last bracket and parentheses and semicolon that are important.

The only other thing is to make sure your URIs to the pictures and css styles are correct. Other than that, I got it working in under 5 mins on the twenty twelve theme.

Good luck! Scott

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I do understand that a few of the ThemeForest authors are going to have to come up with other solutions when it comes to using other peoples’ items in stock. ... I know that not everyone agrees with that decision, but we had to figure out a balance between simplifying the license, protecting the authors, and providing solutions for theme authors.
I think it goes deeper than just simply not agreeing with it. As I understand the new terms, it seems you’ve just completely wiped out a major use-case scenario by removing the extended licenses. IMHO, extended licenses aren’t very relevant on a site like ThemeForest that sells “finished” products, but they’re essential to me on a site like CodeCanyon that sells bits and pieces to be used in a derivative work intended for sale.

To put it another way – as a potential CodeCanyon author, I wouldn’t want to have to setup my own site just to sell extended licenses (notwithstanding questions about exclusive author status) or deal with the nightmare that is managing tons of so-called “partnerships” and agreements with other developers. This change – removing the extended license – makes things infinitely more complex for authors and removes the value proposition that CC offered, defeating the whole purpose of using CC in the first place.

I could be wrong but, respectfully, it doesn’t seem like Envato has thought this through very well. I’m certainly not getting a sense that there’s an appropriate appreciation for how deep the repercussions are for authors. This essentially negates CC’s entire reason for being. I’m completely mystified by that.

I guess aside from voicing my opinion, my only question is … when can we expect to see this “next phase” with a Developer’s License that will hopefully rectify this? Like, maybe next week? :P

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I’m all for clarifying the licenses, but you guys seem to have shot yourselves in the foot with this one by removing the extended licenses, specifically on CodeCanyon. (I wish I’d have known about this yesterday. As a client, I was going to make some ext. license purchases on CodeCanyon, but not now.)

And as an author, you’re going to have to allow me to remain an “exclusive” author while still allowing me to sell an extended license on my own site. You don’t offer an extended license anymore, so the product is different, technically. You’re going to have to come up with something to address this conflict in your agreements and licenses that you’ve now created for yourself and us. So, what’s it going to be?

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